Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

February 08, 2012 08:15 ET

Condominium Apartments Lead January Starts in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2012) - According to the latest preliminary data released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), housing starts in the Ottawa Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) totalled 484 units in January, compared to 216 units a year ago.

"Accounting for roughly half of all new home market activity across Canada's Capital, new condominium apartment construction led the start of 2012 with the best January in four years. This confirms CMHC's expectations of robust demand and upbeat building intentions within this increasingly popular housing segment," said Sandra Pérez Torres, Senior Market Analyst at CMHC.

During January, foundations were poured for the construction of 245 new apartment units, most of which intended for condominium ownership within Ottawa's city core. Additionally, widespread advances were registered across major low-rise property types and regional neighbourhoods. Notably, construction in Nepean almost tripled from last year on the back of strong townhome demand, while builders in suburban Cumberland remained active with the addition of a varied mix of new homes. Much like last year, Kanata experienced softer demand for new single-detached homes and townhomes.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at CMHC Housing Market Information.

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    Sandra Perez-Torres, Senior Market Analyst